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Track listing[]

  1. Invaders (3:23)
  2. Children Of The Damned (4:34)
  3. The Prisoner (6:02)
  4. 22 Acacia Avenue (6:36)
  5. The Number of the Beast (4:50)
  6. Run to the Hills (3:52)
  7. Gangland (3:47)
  8. Total Eclipse (4:28)
  9. Hallowed Be Thy Name (7:10)


I remember when I first saw Iron Maiden albums, sitting on a shelf during a sale. That same day I saw a copy of Houses Of The Holy with neat, Tokien-esque cover art. The Iron Maiden CD's stood out because they looked like the kind of music I'd never listen to, what with those creepy pictures of this demon looking creature. Still, I heard "2 Minutes To Midnight" some time after and thought it was pretty good, so I picked up The Number Of The Beast. The ten dollar price tag helped as well.

The Number Of The Beast was released at the peak popularity of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement along with Judas Priest and Motorhead. I didn't really think much of The Number Of The Beast after a first listen. "Run To The Hills" was sort of okay, but not much else was really that great. After repeated listens it grew on me, with those two guitarists trading off some sweet solos, and the vocalist Bruce Dickinson, on for his first Maiden album on The Number Of The Beast, has a more than suitable set of pipes.

For an eight song album, you can't afford to have many off the mark songs. The Number Of The Beast normally manages to hit the right spots most of the time, but "The Prisoner" and "Gangland" are pretty uninspired tracks that don't really contribute to the album. Another slight problem would be vocalist Dickinson. Despite the fact that he is a great singer, he can get on my nerves on some songs as the songs draw to an end, for example the chorus of "Run To The Hills" which keeps repeating over and over.

Thankfully most of The Number Of The Beast album rocks me just the right way. The riff to "Run To The Hills" is infectious, "The Number Of The Beast" is full of excellent riffs and solos as well as a ear shattering scream from Dickinson that brings on memories of Roger Daltry in "Won't Get Fooled Again". "Invaders" opens effectively with a lively performance and "Children Of The Damned" is beautifully melodic. The highlight but, is of course, the closer "Hallowed Be Thy Name" with its tale of the thoughts going through one's head as their life draws to a close at the gallows. A true metal epic, "Hallowed Be Thy Name" is Iron Maiden getting everything just right, with a red hot riff with searing solos and a brilliant vocal from Dickinson.

The Number Of The Beast isn't perfect, but it's mostly quality classic New Wave Of British Heavy Metal with melodic yet powerful guitars and vocals. One of the first true metal albums I owned, I'd recommend it to anyone getting into metal. User:RabidChild

Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden Members
Current Members: Bruce Dickinson - Steve Harris - Dave Murray - Adrian Smith - Janick Gers - Nicko McBrain
Iron Maiden Discography
Albums: Iron Maiden (album) - Killers - The Number of the Beast - Piece of Mind - Powerslave - Live After Death - Somewhere in Time - Maidenmania - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - The First Ten Years - No Prayer for the Dying - Fear of the Dark - A Real Live One - A Real Dead One - Live at Donington - The X Factor - The Story So Far (Part One) - The Story So Far (Part Two) - Best of the Beast - Virtual XI - A Real Live Dead One - Eddie's 'Ed - Ed Hunter - Brave New World - Rock in Rio - Edward the Great - Eddie's Archive - Dance of Death - Death on the Road - The Essential Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death
EPs: The Soundhouse Tapes - Live!! +one - Maiden Japan - No More Lies
Singles: Running Free - Sanctuary (song) - Women in Uniform - Twilight Zone - Purgatory - Run to the Hills - The Number of the Beast (song) - Flight of Icarus - The Trooper - 2 Minutes to Midnight - Aces High - Running Free (live) - Run to the Hills (live) - Wasted Years - Stranger in a Strange Land - Can I Play with Madness - The Evil That Men Do - The Clairvoyant - Infinite Dreams - Holy Smoke - Bring Your the Slaughter - Be Quick or Be Dead - From Here to Eternity - Wasting Love - Fear of the Dark (live) - Hallowed Be Thy Name - Man on the Edge - Lord of the Flies - Virus - The Angel and the Gambler - Futureal - The Wicker Man - Out of the Silent Planet - Run to the Hills (live '01) - Wildest Dreams - Rainmaker - The Number of the Beast (live) - The Trooper (live) - The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg - Different World
Iron Maiden Videography
Videos: Live at the Rainbow - Video Pieces - Behind the Iron Curtain - Live After Death (video) - 12 Wasted Years - Maiden England - The First Ten Years: The Videos - From There to Eternity - Donington Live 1992 - Raising Hell - Classic Albums: The Number of the Beast - Rock in Rio (video) - Visions of the Beast - The Early Days - Death on the Road (video)